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    Comments requested on form in Squats

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    Here is my recent squat effort, with 45 lbs each arm (don't have a rack yet.) Have already maxed out the PowerBlock. I have a weight vest I can add.

    Any comments on improving my form?

    squat video 3-16-13 - YouTube

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    More back extension (both lumbar & thoracic), a little more depth (maybe 2"), get a rack and a barbell.

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    Don't lean over so far, you should be pretty much straight up hinging at your hips. Also, deeper, your ass should touch your calves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldingHank View Post
    your ass should touch your calves.
    I don't agree. Your hip creases should reach an inch or two lower than the tops of your patellas at the bottom. Going much lower will result in slackened hamstrings that can't contribute to the upward drive of your hips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    I don't agree. Your hip creases should reach an inch or two lower than the tops of your patellas at the bottom. Going much lower will result in slackened hamstrings that can't contribute to the upward drive of your hips.
    Olympic squats are ass-to-grass. Untill I see otherwise in the olympics, I will always advocate for full range of motion.

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    Keep your back straighter...like your t-shirt should face the ceiling, not floor

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldingHank View Post
    Olympic squats are ass-to-grass. Untill I see otherwise in the olympics, I will always advocate for full range of motion.
    There's no squat in Olympic weightlifting. There's the snatch and there's the clean-and-jerk. You never have and never will see a squat contested in the Olympics.

    Powerlifting-legal squats (the only competitive squat that exists to my knowledge) are required to reach parallel (which I already defined above, and suggested going deeper than by 1-2 inches).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    There's no squat in Olympic weightlifting. There's the snatch and there's the clean-and-jerk. You never have and never will see a squat contested in the Olympics.

    Powerlifting-legal squats (the only competitive squat that exists to my knowledge) are required to reach parallel (which I already defined above, and suggested going deeper than by 1-2 inches).
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    Yes. Go parallel. Its hard to critique tho without a barbell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    Its hard to critique tho without a barbell.
    Yeah, it's pretty much moot without the proper equipment. Squat stands, a barbell, and a set of plates is a worthwhile investment.

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    Keep your chest up and don't be afraid to go ass-to-ground.

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